Blackwood Theatre

Blackwood, NJ 08012

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Open since at least 1924, this theatre is still listed as operating in the 1951 FDY.

Any additional information on this theatre would be greatly appreciated.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 19, 2005 at 9:01 am

This is a list of movies that played at the Blackwood Theater around the time that it opened. Only one is dated for 1923. Maybe this theater opened in December of that year.

Scaramouche, 1923
Born Rich, 1924
Captain Blood, 1924
Fools Highway, 1924
Forbidden Paradise, 1924
For Sale, 1924
Galloping Hoofs, 1924
The Girl in the Limosine, 1924
The Great White Way, 1924
Husbands and Lovers, 1924
In Every Woman’s Life, 1924
In Hollywood With Potash and Perlmutter, 1924
Lilly of the Dust, 1924
Madonna of the Streets, 1924
The Man Who Fights Alone, 1924
Manhandled, 1924
The Marriage Cheat, 1924
Open All Night, 1924
The Perfect Flapper, 1924
The Rose of Paris, 1924
A Self Made Failure, 1924
The Shooting of Dan McGrew, 1924
The Side Show of Life, 1924
Single Wives, 1924
George Washington, Jr., 1924
Wanderer of the Wasteland, 1924

teecee
teecee on July 20, 2005 at 4:46 am

A Moller organ, opus 4944, was installed in this theatre in 1927.

nursebrittany
nursebrittany on December 27, 2005 at 4:21 pm

is this the one that was along the pike across from the library that got torn down in the late 80s/early 90s and is now a small grassy area with a gazeebo?

JBon
JBon on February 6, 2006 at 9:19 am

I remember seeing it get torn down. I was living in the Blackwood Estates section at the time. I moved there in late 87' and from what I was told, the theatre had been closed for several year’s. I do remember they were looking for a buyer but the building needed extensive repair’s mainly to the roof. In fact, if memory serve’s me correct, they were willing to sell the thing for like a dollar but the repair’s exceeded the “at time” value of the building. Of course and unfortunatly that was about ten year’s before the big realestate boon in South Jersey. Now as nursebrittany has described, sadly, it is a small grassy “area” complete with gazeeeebo! Had this theatre been in a Collingswood, Haddonfield or Woodbury it would probably be, if not a theatre of a sort, then a resturant or something other than a small grassy “area”. The above mentioned town’s know how to “preserve” and “restore”. This theatre was just in the wrong place at the wrong time!

RickB
RickB on March 3, 2006 at 4:45 am

Wasn’t this the theater that somebody covered with aluminum or vinyl siding and renamed the “Movie Box” for a while? It went from second run to adult films, then a company called CenterStage came in, took off the siding and tried live theater for a year or two before running out of money.

JBon
JBon on March 14, 2006 at 7:02 am

Don’t know Rick, I’ll have to try and look up one of my old Blackwood neighbor’s who grew up down there and see what they remember. like I said. It was closed in 87' when I moved there…

teecee
teecee on July 1, 2006 at 6:47 am

In 1979 the original marquee was removed and the theater was renamed the Movies. Originally owned by the Harwan family. Demolished in 1991.

Images of America: South Jersey Movie Houses, page 35

Ahnuld
Ahnuld on January 23, 2011 at 4:16 pm

GPS location site, has a little write up on the Blackwood Theater Park, as well as photos.

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